Touring conservative businessman Jack Roeserâ€™s Otto Factory in Carpentersville, Gingrich reacted to Obamaâ€™s earlier remarks Thursday that Gingrichâ€™s plan to bring gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon wonâ€™t work.
â€œI think we have him rattled,â€ Gingrich told Roeser.
Turning to reporters, Gingrich said, â€œThe president attacked my policies a few minutes ago, and I just want to respond directly to the president … President Obama asked the Saudis to pump more oil. Secretary Chu, the secretary of energy, said yesterday how grateful he was that the Saudis were pumping more oil. Now, obviously they believe supply and demand works because they think that an additional supply of Saudi oil will drive down the price, and theyâ€™re very grateful that the Saudis are willing to help Barack Obama get re-elected.â€
Gingrich has been trying to capitalize on voter frustration with high gas prices â€” noting he drove past a station charging $4.69 a gallon for premium.
Obama says the United States is already drilling more than has ever been drilled and itâ€™s not bringing prices down. Obama will be in Chicago Friday for a fund-raiser in between visits from his would-be GOP rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.
After a speech at Barrington High School in which he urged students to follow their dreams, Gingrich courted Christian voters at Judson University on the banks of the Fox River in Elgin.
It was billed as a â€œHispanic Town Hall Meeting with Newt and Calista,â€ but only a handful of Hispanics were among the 300 mostly white Christian college students and retirees who jammed a campus chapel to hear Gingrich and his wife. The crowd applauded when Gingrich slammed what he called â€œObamaâ€™s attack on the Catholic Church and other right-to-life institutions.â€
Gingrich was referring to the administrationâ€™s mandate â€” later softened â€” that religious hospitals and schools such as Judson offer birth control in their health control plans.
Contrasting that with Obamaâ€™s apology to Muslims after reports that copies of the Quran were burned, Gingrich said, â€œAppeasing radical Islam whole while crushing Christianity and Judaism strikes me as exactly whatâ€™s wrong in America today.â€
The chapel erupted in applause. Gingrich trails in the polls leading up to Tuesdayâ€™s primary election here. Mitt Romney has most of the stateâ€™s Republican establishment with him and picked up House Minority Leader Tom Cross Thursday. Rick Santorum is close behind in the polls. [More]
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